Among the supporters of the indigenous council spokeswoman, there are intellectuals and artists from all over Mexico who have set up an association called ”Llegó la hora del florecimiento de los pueblos” (The time has arrived for the people to flourish). This legal entity was required to collect the signatures to make Marichuy’s candidacy real. Among the members of the association there is Fernanda Navarro, university professor at UNAM in Mexico City. We had the opportunity to interview her.
What country is Mexico today?
Today, it is a country different from that of two or three decades ago, especially about violence and insecurity. The majority of the population knows that the root cause is the complicity between government and drug traffickers. That’s why we talk about the narco-state. And our geography does not help. Being so close to the Empire is not easy. There is a famous saying: “Mexico is so far from God yet so close to the U.S.” Every day, we are increasingly subjugated. And racism is still a factor, as it has been since the discovery of America: Native people are still considered inferior and treated differently. They do not have the same rights as the rest of the population. Everything happens silently, the parties do not acknowledge this different treatment.
Why have academics and artists decided to support the independent native candidacy of the ECN, supported by the EZLN?
The CNI proposal is a real alternative. It’s a shock for the majority of Mexicans. It is a new “Ya, basta,” like that of the EZLN back in 1994, but throughout the whole country. Moreover, it’s chosen a woman as spokesperson; more than a candidate, she is the one who gives voice to a path, showing the way forward and recognizing the social drive of feminism. It is fair to remember that we are not pretending to win the 2018 elections, but to give a different option by making visible those who have always been ignored, marginalized and despised. Not only will the forgotten ones have the opportunity, but it also generates a more humane relationship for everybody. Many artists, academicians and intellectuals have understood this possibility, and for this reason we have created the association.